Lessons From the Early Days of Semiconductors
EE Distinguished Lecture
Carver Mead is known for Electron Tunneling, Semiconductor Interface Energies, The first working MESFET, Scaling of Very-Large-Scale-Integrated-Circuit (VLSI) Technology, Structured VLSI Design, the first VLSI Design course, Physics of Computation, Neuromorphic VLSI Systems, and Collective Electrodynamics.
He pioneered the Silicon Foundry concept and the Fabless Semiconductor business model.
His honors and awards include: National Medal of Technology, BBVA Frontiers of Knowledge Award, NAE Founder’s Award, IEEE John von Neumann Medal, Walter Wriston Public Policy Award, ACM Allen Newell Award, IEEE Centennial Medal and Lemelson-MIT Prize.
He is a member of the National Academy of Science, the National Academy of Engineering, and Fellow of IEEE, Computer History Museum and National Academy of Inventors among others.
He holds BS, MS and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from Caltech, as well as honorary doctorates from USC and the University of Lund, Sweden. He has been a member of the Caltech faculty since 1958, and the Gordon and Betty Moore Professor of Engineering & Applied Science, Emeritus, since 1999.
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